Mama Ricotta's

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$30 and under
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Italian
From the Wine Spectator Award to "Best Italian Restaurant" from Zagat, Mama Ricotta's Italian Restaurant brings to life the award-winning vision of owner Frank Scibelli. With a long, proud reputation built on authentic recipes, made from the freshest of ingredients and prepared by the finest culinary minds in the South, Mama Ricotta's restaurant is the premier Italian dining destination in Charlotte. "Upscale homestyle" is our style, and we love to bring it to you, again and again. Begin your adventure with a warm Goat Cheese and Mascarpone Dip served with grilled crostini, and then move into the warm freshness of our Penne Alla Vodka, tossed in a spicy cream tomato sauce. Or, let the subtle flavors of our Pollo Carciofi delight even your most discriminating of tastes. Our commitment to freshness is one of our most valued traditions - we even house-make our mozzarella! With nearly two decades of success, we've made it our goal to bring you only the best, with our best.
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J
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is amazing, be prepared for HUGE portions! We struggled to have a conversation as the noise level is high but I would definitely go back!

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and huge servings. Food was very good !

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jonathan was our waiter and we absolutely enjoyed his presentation! He made sure we had everything we needed and his recommendations were perfect and as described! Thank you Jonathan for making this night memorable and for making sure we enjoyed our meal selections! We’ll be back to see you and to eat well again and soon!😉

IH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Huge portions so come hungry. I ate 1/2 of my entree to save room for dessert and still couldn’t finish dessert because the tiramisu was enough for 4 people!!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

AP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great! Food was great! Well worth the price. I would recommend to anyone and I will be back.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love mamas. This place is fantastic.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

If I ever want a piece of chocolate cake I am going here just for it. Everything was delicious and we had a lovely time here.

f
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been going to Mama Ricottas for almost 10 years. The food is always been great and consistent. The staff is usually on point and the atmosphere is cozy. We keep coming back because we really love it.

BE
Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and great service. Nice spot for lunch or early dinner. The gym in the same area makes parking a challenge but if you can schedule strategically like an early or late lunch or early dinner it shouldn’t be an issue. Worth it wherever you park!

d
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently very good, as always. Food is delicious and service to match.

NJ
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as usual. Felice (sp?) was a wonderful server. I brought someone who was new to Charlotte who was very pleased and is looking forward to returning.

MI
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food as always

LB
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My "Go to" place for Italian food. Never disappoints.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!! Will be back soon!

SF
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time and we’ll be back! The best Italian food we’ve had in Charlotte! The service was amazing and our server Ben was great! He was awesome with the kids and made sure we had a great time! The service was probably the best we’ve had in Charlotte as well!

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible dinner, along with great service.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner. The service was very attentive & the atmosphere was great also. Will visit again soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, loud and environment but still enjoyable.

CL
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was just ok, food was a little expensive for the quality.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food!

OT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service by Tristan. Angelhair pasta with tomato basil sauce and meatballs was wonderful. Portions are generous.

MD
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a very busy Friday night so we’d hoped that reservations for 8 p.m. would mean we wouldn’t have a long wait to be seated, but we waited quite a while.
After being seated, service was quick. There’s certainly not a “relaxing” feeling to dining here on such a busy night, but that’s not unusual or unexpected. While waiting or walking through this busy establishment, stay out of the way of the staff that will come zooming past you! This team is fast as they deliver some of the best meals Charlotte has to offer!
I think there may be some communication glitches between the reservation service and the restaurant staff.
Excellent wait staff!

OT
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Penne à la vodka and braised short rib gnocchi were phenomenal

MW
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Met a friend for lunch, glad I made a reservation as the room became busy. The waitress was attentive without hovering. I had the Chicken Parm sandwich with side salad, my friend had the chopped salad.
Our lunch was served quickly, served hot and tasted delicious. We love Mama's

Mama Ricotta's
Responded on September 30, 2019

Thanks for the feedback Mike; we appreciate your continued patronage! Hope to see you soon!

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Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Chicken Parm and goat cheese appetizer is a must!

KA
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent. Went for my anniversary and the wife completely loved it.

OT
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful

JC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food. Great Service. Very Friendly Atmosphere. My family loved it. We will return.

s
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were out with friends and really enjoyed our dinner!!

OT
Charlotte
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Our food did not have much flavor. We got the veal marsala and the veal was thick cut and not tender and there was very little marsala taste to the dish. No amount of salt and pepper seemed to help. We also got a gluten-free vegetarian pasta dish. It was nice that they had a gluten-free option but, again, the dish had very little taste. Also the stated vegetarian dish had a piece of chicken in it which was unpleasant for the person having that dish. Other people at the table had similar complaints about their meals as well.

MS
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Mama Ricotta's since moving to Charlotte and IT WILL NOT be our last. We brought family from Scottsdale Arizona with us. The meatballs and grilled vegetables got five stars. The salad with grilled chicken and Lasagna were delicious as well. I had the Penne pasta with broccoli and chicken in a light lemon parmesan sauce. It was to die for. We cannot wait to bring our son and his family here for dinner.

SM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

So many issues with reservations. Our spouses could not attend because of reservation restrictions with Open Table and also hostess staff. Overall management went above and beyond for my friends birthday.

OT
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The hostess was horrible and rude. Very unfriendly and mute and not very accommodating.

OT
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We love eating here. They have great flavor in all their meals. As a celiac the gluten free choices in a lot of restaurants are limiting and flavorless. Mama Ricotta's delivers with awesome flavor, kind service, and creativity. When guests are enjoying their amazing goat & marscapone dip with bread they are quick to offer me some dippable veggies. Would I love bread YES but so much better than watching everyone else enjoy. Yum and will keep coming back.

T
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit. We were celebrating our anniversary. Excellent experience!

KN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You have to go to Mamma Ricottas. It has such a great vibe. Def make a reservation b/c this place is always crowded!!!! Food and service phenomenal. The main portion of the restaurant was a bit loud but we were seated in outdoor area (no fear it's still cool during summer in there) and noise level was non existent.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our reservation was seated 20 minutes past our time, however, we ordered right away and they did a great job getting us in and out to make our show time,

TP
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good as always. Service was just ok. Slow to refill drinks. And didn't make any recommendations or ask about appetizers or dessert.

CL
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary at Mama Ricotta's on a Friday night. We made a reservation online and we were seated within 5 minutes of checking in. The food was absolutely amazing and our server Paige was outstanding. She made awesome recommendations for both food and wine. The tiramisu was the best we have ever had. There were several parties going on around us, but the noise level didn't bother us at all. I can't wait to visit again!

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